The Many Thrones of YouTube

Curated by Carl Slaughter: (1) Black Panther photo breakdown.

(2) 1993 first draft outline for the Game of Thrones intended trilogy.

(3) New Rockstars delves deep into the opening episode of Game of Thrones Season 7.

(4) Littlefinger versus Varys:  Who played the better game?

Varys:  “Chaos is a pit.”

Littlefinger:  “Chaos isn’t a pit.  Chaos is a ladder.”

(5) Deleted scenes from Game of Thrones

(6) Daenerys versus Varys

(7) The White Walkers are coming.  Not through, not under, not over, but around.  This is Talking Thrones’ interpretation of The Hound’s fire vision.  Plenty of clues from the books and the show to confirm this theory, including Patch Face from the books.

(8) The fate of Arya Stark.

(9) Lessons The Hound taught Arya  –  and vice versa.

(10) Arya loses Nymeria because “the girl is no one.”

(11) 22 Times Lady Olenna From Game Of Thrones Was the Queen of Shade

Cersei:  “Ah yes, the famously tart tongued Queen of Thorns.”

Oleena: “And the famous tart Queen Cersei.”

(12) Why Daenerys Will Not Win The Game of Thrones

(13) 100 greatest quotes from Game of Thrones

(14) 10 Reasons Star Wars Is Darker Than You Thought

(15) How The Inquisitor Killed So Many Jedi

(16) 18 Times Pam From True Blood Was The Vampire Queen Of Sass

(17) Edna

(18) The Strain, Season 4 featurette

(19) Why Valerian failed at the box office

(20) What Culture offers suggestions for fixing Doctor Who

(21) Inhumans primer

(22) Robin will be in the Batgirl movie

And on the Seventh Day Comic-Con Rested

Curated by Carl Slaughter: More trailers released around San Diego Comic-Con.

  • THE EXPANSE Season 3 TRAILER

  • FUTURE MAN Teaser Trailer SEASON 1 Comic Con

  • MARVEL’S THE DEFENDERS Season 1 “Confession” Clip

  • THE ORIGINALS Season 5 TRAILER Comic Con

  • Once Upon A Time Season 7 Comic-Con Trailer

  • MARVEL’s THE DEFENDERS Season 1 “The Final Phase” Clip

More 2017 Comic-Con Trailers

Curated  by Carl Slaughter. More trailers that have been tailored for San Diego Comic-Con 2017.

  • JUSTICE LEAGUE Trailer #3 NEW EXTENDED Comic Con

  • Thor: Ragnarok Comic-Con Trailer

  • GOTHAM Season 4 Comic-Con Trailer

  • ARROW Season 6 Comic-Con Trailer

  • SUPERGIRL Season 3 Comic-Con Trailer

  • WESTWORLD Season 2 Trailer

  • THE FLASH Season 4 Comic-Con Trailer

  • STRANGER THINGS Season 2 Trailer

  • DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW Season 3 Comic-Con Trailer

  • BRIGHT Trailer

  • READY PLAYER ONE Trailer

  • PREACHER Season 2 Official SDCC Trailer

HBO, Disney, DC and Marvel Royalty

Curated by Carl Slaughter: (1) Using Machiavelli’s leadership grading system, Cracked gives Daenerys Targaryen an average of B- for leadership skills.

(2) Tyrion’s genius. Tyrion survives by reading people and giving them what they want.

(3) Batman director Matt Reeves scraps Ben Affleck’s script

(4) Entertainment Weekly delves into the background of the Black Panther movie director.

(5) New Rockstars delves deep into Game of Thrones.

(6) New Rockstars delves deep into Wonder Woman.

(7) HBO does documentary on Spielberg’s career

(8) Stan Lee receives Disney Legends Award

(9) Disney honors Jack Kirby

(10)  Benedict Cumberbatch does Doctor Who, Anakin Skywalker, Mario Brothers, Willie Wonka

Seanan McGuire’s Portals to Fantasy Worlds

Seanan McGuire

By Carl Slaughter: Seanan McGuire’s 2016 Every Heart a Doorway won the Nebula, was nominated for the Hugo, and made the Tiptree honor list.  In June 2017, she followed with Down Among the Sticks and Bones.  The third in the series, Beneath the Sugar Sky, is scheduled for January 18, 2018.

EVERY HEART A DOORWAY

Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children

No Solicitations

No Visitors

No Quests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of things.

No matter the cost.

PRAISE FOR EVERY HEART A DOORWAY

  • “Seanan McGuire once again demonstrates her intimate knowledge of the human heart in a powerful fable of loss, yearning and damaged children.” ? Paul Cornell, author of London Falling and Witches of Lychford
  • “So mindblowingly good, it hurts.” ? io9
  • “With Every Heart a Doorway, McGuire has created her own mini-masterpiece of portal fantasy ? a jewel of a book that deserves to be shelved with Lewis Carroll’s and C. S. Lewis’ classics, even as it carves its own precocious space between them.” ? NPR
  • “Seanan McGuire has long been one of the smartest writers around, and with this novella we can easily see that her heart is as big as her brain. We know this story isn’t true, but it is truth.” ? Charlaine Harris, New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series (TV’s True Blood)
  • “Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire is one of the most extraordinary stories I’ve ever read.” ? V. E. Schwab, New York Times bestselling author of A Gathering of Shadows

DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES

Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.

This is the story of what happened first…

Jacqueline was her mother’s perfect daughter?polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it’s because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline.

Jillian was her father’s perfect daughter?adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you’ve got.

They were five when they learned that grown-ups can’t be trusted.

They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretense of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices.

BENEATH THE  SUGAR SKY

Beneath the Sugar Sky, the third book in McGuire’s Wayward Children series, returns to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children in a standalone contemporary fantasy for fans of all ages. At this magical boarding school, children who have experienced fantasy adventures are reintroduced to the “real” world.

When Rini lands with a literal splash in the pond behind Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, the last thing she expects to find is that her mother, Sumi, died years before Rini was even conceived. But Rini can’t let Reality get in the way of her quest – not when she has an entire world to save! (Much more common than one would suppose.)

If she can’t find a way to restore her mother, Rini will have more than a world to save: she will never have been born in the first place. And in a world without magic, she doesn’t have long before Reality notices her existence and washes her away. Good thing the student body is well-acquainted with quests…

A tale of friendship, baking, and derring-do.

Warning: May contain nuts.

Aliette de Bodard’s Xuya Stories

By Carl Slaughter: Aliette de Bodard has written 26 stories in her Xuya universe.  Several stories in this series have been nominated for and won the Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and BSFA awards.  The novella The Citadel of the Weeping Pearls was released as a book in March 2017.

THE CITADEL OF THE WEEPING PEARLS

The Citadel of Weeping Pearls was a great wonder; a perfect meld between cutting edge technology and esoteric sciences—its inhabitants capable of teleporting themselves anywhere, its weapons small and undetectable and deadly.

Thirty years ago, threatened by an invading fleet from the Dai Viet Empire, the Citadel disappeared and was never seen again.

But now the Dai Viet Empire itself is under siege, on the verge of a war against an enemy that turns their own mindships against them; and the Empress, who once gave the order to raze the Citadel, is in desperate needs of its weapons. Meanwhile, on a small isolated space station, an engineer obsessed with the past works on a machine that will send her thirty years back, to the height of the Citadel’s power.

But the Citadel’s disappearance still extends chains of grief and regrets all the way into the fraught atmosphere of the Imperial Court; and this casual summoning of the past might have world-shattering consequences…

Check out the Xuya chronology at the author’s site:

STARTER KIT

By now the universe has grown rather large, so I’m sure you’d appreciate some pointers on where to start… The stories are standalone–the chronological order is below but the main connections are the recurring universe rather than the characters or plot!

Like award-winning short fiction? 

“Immersion” won the Nebula and Locus Award. “Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight” was a finalist for the Locus Award and won a BSFA Award. And “A Salvaging of Ghosts” was reprinted in two Year’s Best anthologies.

Oldies Goldies

Curated by Carl Slaughter: Sci-fi oldies, but definitely not sci-fi goldies:

(1) How can a sci-fi television show fail with the likes of Vincent Price, Earnest Borgnine, Lorne Greene, and a hunk from Dallas?  Fail they did.

  • Future Cop
  • Time Express
  • Fantastic Journey
  • Invisible Man
  • Gemini Man
  • Man from Atlantis
  • Project UFO
  • Beyond Westworld
  • Tales of the Unexpected
  • Spiderman
  • Logan’s Run
  • Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
  • Battlestar Galactica

(2) Bad and hideously bad failed speculative TV pilots.  Including Leonard Nimoy’s Baffled.  Try this quote from Clone Master:  “I’m working on some very sophisticated cloning experiments.  But working on cloning and being a clone are two different things.”  And this Morgan le Fay quote:  “I am Kali, goddess of destruction!  I am Lilith, queen of demons!  I am Ishtar, bloody Ishtar!”

  • Dr. Strange
  • The Man With The Power
  • Northstar
  • ExoMan
  • The Archer; Fugitive from the Empire
  • The Tribe
  • Clone Master
  • Baffled!

(3) Remember these old, tacky, short-lived sci-fi shows of the 80s?

  • Automan
  • Manimal
  • The Wizard
  • Wizards and Warriors
  • Misfits of Science
  • Shadow Chasers
  • The Phoenix
  • Powers of Matthew Star
  • Starman
  • Outlaws
  • The Highwayman

(4) 80s sci-fi gems and duds, mostly duds.  Including Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman’s Beauty and the Beast.

  • Darkroom
  • Galactica 1980
  • Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
  • V
  • Otherworld
  • Hard Time on Earth
  • Voyagers
  • The Greatest American Hero
  • Once a Hero
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Werewolf
  • Max Headroom
  • Twilight Zone

(5) Remember these old, tacky, short-lived sci-fi TV shows from the 90s?  Including Steven Spielberg’s seaQuest DSV and Stephen King’s Golden Years.

  • Space Rangers
  • The Flash
  • M.A.N.T.I.S.
  • Mann and Machine
  • Viper
  • seaQuest DSV
  • The 100 Lives of Black Jack Savage
  • Eerie Indiana
  • Nightmare Cafe
  • Dark Shadows
  • Earth 2
  • Touched by an Angel
  • Twin Peaks
  • X Files
  • Golden Years

Secret Identities: A Sci-Fi Video Roundup

Curated by Carl Slaughter: (1) JaBatman:  Batman helps bring the smile back to disaster stricken Japanese people.

(2) This old unsold Superboy pilot starts and ends with a lot of discussion of social issues.  In between, plenty of superhero intervention.

(3) Symbolism in identities and powers of The Incredibles family members.

(4) The hidden genius of the Rorschach mask.

“Rorschach is probably the most recognizable character from the Watchmen graphic novel and movie with his constantly changing black and white mask. His costume contains genius design elements. Not only does the origin of Rorschach’s mask echo Walter Kovacs’ own history, but it also demonstrates the power of superhero masks. They can hide one identity, yet reveal another. Watchmen also shows the inherent power in a villain unmasking a comic book hero!”

 

(5) Superheroes unmasked

(6) Damon Lindelof is bringing Watchmen to HBO

(7) Remakes and reboots in the works

(8) Married for 70 years, it was love at first sight for Stan Lee  –  then she saved his career.

(9) Debra Winger does Wonder Girl one more time for David Letterman.

Inside Westworld

Curated by Carl Slaughter: New Rockstars, Screen Prism, Source Fed Nerd, and The Why take on the layers of storytelling in the Westworld television series.

(1) The storytelling voice comes from within, i.e., the characters, not from without, i.e., the narrator.

(2) Season 1 Finale

(3) Westworld Timeline

(4) Season 2: Theories and Predictions

(5) Westworld Trivia